Etihad Airways hails 'major role' in Maldives tourism, fisheries

Etihad Airways has in five years since its commenced operations to the Maldives, played a major role in the progress of island nation's tourism and fisheries industries, airline's country manager Hassan Al Hashimi said Monday.

One of the world's leading airlines, Etihad Airways celebrated 5 years of service in the Maldives an Hotel Jen, where Hashimi said that it has been a pleasure to be part of developing the Maldivian economy.

"The airline has a become a huge part in the Maldivian economy. We are supporting the tourism industry," the Country Manager of Etihad, which also plays a major role in exporting Maldivian fish said.

Etihad is the winner of many prestigious awards in the airline industry. Etihad was also the winner of the Best Leading Airline Award in the previous World Travel Award.

Hashimi said that Etihad's success in winning awards are due to the quality service its provides to customers.

"The airline operates to 600 destinations in the world. From Copenhagen to New York to Cairo," Hashimi said.

The United Nations Ambassador to the Maldives and Sri Lanka Abdul Hameed was also present in the ceremony.

The annual profits of the airline with its125 flight fleet comes up to USD 9 billion.